RingGo Wins Europe’s Innovation Award for Parking at Intertraffic
Today (5 April) at Intertraffic, the world’s largest B2B traffic exhibition, the Parking Category Award for Innovation was won by RingGo, the UK’s leading cashless parking solution.
The award has been made for RingGo’s ‘Parking Prediction’ function which helps motorists find parking in central London and across the UK. When planning a journey, the driver uses the RingGo app to find their desired destination. They then select their preferred parking spot from coloured RingGo pins on the map – the traffic light red-amber-green system indicating the likelihood of spaces being available in the local area.
The service uses a unique algorithm developed by parent company Park Mobile’s in-house team of developers. “Big data” analyses calculate the likely proportion of free space, linking historical usage with a real-time data feed provided by parking sensors or RingGo’s ongoing usage. This information is offered back dynamically to the motorist as part of an ever-changing map.
RingGo’s solution offers an extremely cost-effective alternative to bay sensor parking, a technology which has been trialled by some London Boroughs. Whereas bay sensors currently cost about £200 per unit (plus the costs of installation and maintenance), the RingGo estimate of parking availability is offered to drivers and operators free of charge.
RingGo’s Commercial Director, Harry Clarke, says of the win, “We always try to put the motorist first in what we do, so we’re very pleased to be recognised for this customer-focused innovation. Clever use of real-time data directs drivers to find parking quickly and easily. And it just shows that you don’t need to spend thousands on hardware to help people get on with their lives.”
General Manager for the Parkmobile Group, Marius Koerselman, concurs, “The team in Basingstoke is well known within Parkmobile for its new ideas and tech development skills. Now this talent has been appreciated on the world stage with this Award. I couldn’t be more proud!”
Intertraffic is the world’s largest and most influential B2B trade event for infrastructure, traffic management, safety, parking and smart mobility. Held every two years, it boasts more than 800 international exhibitors, and last time 27,000 visitors attended from more than 125 countries. It provides a comprehensive overview of the very latest products, services and solutions offered by suppliers. It also showcases the latest trends and developments. Intertraffic is intended for policymakers, specialists and operational personnel from government authorities, engineering consultancies, and the industry at large.
The 2016 Intertraffic jury consisted of:
- Peter van der Knaap (Chairman of the Jury) – Managing Director of SWOV – Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands
- Colin Sowman – Editor, ITS International, Route One Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom
- Peter H. Martens – Member of the Advisory Council of Directors, European Parking Association (EPA) and Vexpan, The Netherlands
- Tom Stone – Editor, Traffic Technology International, UKIP Media & Events Ltd, United Kingdom
- Ir. B.J.C.M. (Ben) Rutten – Program Manager, Strategic Area Smart Mobility Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
RingGo phone parking is part of the Parkmobile Worldwide Group and has been in operation since 2004. It is the UK’s leading phone parking solution, with 112 local authorities offering the service. These include half of all London Boroughs as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow. More than 8 million UK motorists are registered on the RingGo database.
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Park Assist is proud to announce that our M4 Smart-Sensor System has been nominated for the Intertraffic Innovation Awards 2016! Below are further details about our nomination. To view the full press release from Intertraffic, please click here.
Innovation and excellence will be rewarded at the world’s largest trade fair for the traffic infrastructure, management, safety, parking and smart mobility sectors (5-8 April 2016, RAI Amsterdam), when the winners of the 2016 Intertraffic Innovation Awards will be announced. An international jury has scrutinized 91 potential candidates and after careful analysis and intense consideration has shortlisted 15 final entries. Acknowledging Intertraffic’s traditional remit, awards will be presented in five categories – Infrastructure, Traffic Management, Safety, Parking, and Smart Mobility. One of these five winners will then be chosen as the overall winner of the 2016 Intertraffic Innovation Award. The Awards will be presented on 5 April during the opening ceremony of Intertraffic Amsterdam 2016.
Shortlisted companies in the category Parking:
► Park Assist LLC (USA) – M4 Smart-Sensor System – Stand 03.203
A Park Assist camera based M4 smart-sensor system puts processing intelligence right at the parking-space level. Each individual sensor has the ability to stream surveillance video to a video management system, while also sending rich data for our integrated License Plate Recognition (LPR) and occupancy tracking.
► HR Groep B.V. (The Netherlands) – MB multilayer parking – Stand 01.409
The multilayer bike parking system varies from all existing systems. Major differences are that the bike will stay in a horizontal position from the floor until it is placed into his holder in the second layer, so it is easy to use for everybody. Height of the system is lower than the existing parking stands due to a unique parking system were bikes can be parked under an angle on the first.
► Parkmobile Group (The Netherlands) – RingGo – Stand 02.105
RingGo, a cashless parking solution and part of the Parkmobile Group, enables motorists to check parking space availability in central London, directly navigate towards and pay for the available space. The product uses a unique algorithm that links anonymous historical parking data with real-time sensor information from the parking bays. So search, navigate and pay.
Jury member Peter Martens shares his opinion on the Parking entries:
“Discussions about parking move more and more from operations to accessibility of urban areas and customer information. Proper parking management and customer information help cities to reduce car traffic in central areas and to achieve environmental targets while keeping the city alive. Many entries at Intertraffic are supportive in those policies by gathering access information (i.e. routing and pricing) and actual availability of parking facilities and transfer those into guidance information to enable visitors to make the best choice for their specific visits.”
The 2016 jury consists of:
Dr. Peter van der Knaap (Chairman of the Jury) – Managing Director of SWOV – Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands
Colin Sowman – Editor, ITS International, Route One Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom
Peter H. Martens – Member of the Advisory Council of Directors, European Parking Association (EPA) and Vexpan, The Netherlands
Tom Stone – Editor, Traffic Technology International, UKIP Media & Events Ltd, United Kingdom
Dr. Ir. B.J.C.M. (Ben) Rutten – Program Manager, Strategic Area Smart Mobility Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Park Assist® is a business intelligence technology company that utilizes cameras to enhance the efficiency and profitability of parking facilities through guidance, license plate recognition, surveillance, and its premium parking features. Our M4 and L4 camera systems improve the parker experience in 24 countries and growing worldwide. Park Assist has offices in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Amsterdam, London, Dubai, Santiago and Panama City. Park Assist is part of the TKH Group (Euronext: TWEKA), a $1.6 billion publicly traded company headquartered in the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.parkassist.com.
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